1.3.1 Participants

The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary support they need to live an ordinary life.

A person who is eligible to participate in the NDIS is called a participant. Participants develop individualised 'plans' which contain reasonable and necessary funded supports that enable each participant to achieve their goals.

Further information on participants and how plans are developed is available under 'My NDIS Pathway' on the NDIS website.

There are three key stages in the participant journey: access, planning conversation for 'My first plan' and plan approval.

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Type of participant plan Do I have to be a registered provider?
Agency managed - where the NDIA manages the funding included in a participant's plan Yes
Self-managed - where the participant is responsible for managing the funding for the supports in their plan No
Plan managed - where a registered Plan Management provider manages the funding for the supports in the participant's plan Yes

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  • Victoria
  • New South Wales
  • ACT
  • Tasmania
  • South Australia
  • Western Territory
  • Northern Territory
  • Queensland


You need to understand and comply with the Terms of Business.

However, you DO NOT need to sign or return the Terms of Business document to the Agency. Failure to comply with the Terms of Business may provide grounds for the NDIA to consider revoking a Registered Provider's registration. For an application to be progresses, providers are required to sign and submit a 'Declaration of Suitability' as part of the registration process and comply with the Guide to Suitability as a condition of their ongoing registration as a provider. By signing the Declaration of Suitability, you are declaring that you have read, understood and agree to abide by the Terms of Business.

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Last modified 22/05/2017